shame Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "shame" - English Dictionary

See all translations

shamenoun

uk   us   /ʃeɪm/

shame noun (BAD LUCK)

A2 [S] If something is described as a shame, it is disappointing or not satisfactory: [+ that] It's a (great) shame that the concert had to be cancelled. [+ to infinitive] Have some more vegetables - it would be a shame to waste them. "Douglas is having to miss the school concert because he's ill." "Oh, what a shame/that's a shame!"
More examples

shame noun (BAD FEELING)

C1 [U] an uncomfortable feeling of guilt or of being ashamed because of your own or someone else's bad behaviour: He said he felt no shame for what he had done. The children hung/bowed their heads in shame. The shame of the scandal was so great that he shot himself a few weeks later. You can't go out dressed like that - have you no shame (= don't you feel ashamed about being dressed like that)? [U] loss of honour and respect: He thinks there's great shame in being out of work and unable to provide for his family. In some societies, if a woman leaves her husband, it brings shame on her and her family.put sb to shame to make someone feel ashamed: It puts me to shame that I still haven't replied to David's letter.to my shame I feel ashamed because: To my shame, I never wrote and thanked Mary for her present.shame on you used to tell someone that they should feel sorry for something they did: Shame on you for being so unkind.humorous You mean you were in town and you didn't come and see us - shame on you!
More examples

shame noun (COMPARE WELL)

put sb/sth to shame to make someone or something seem not good by comparison: Your cooking puts mine to shame.

shameverb [T]

uk   us   /ʃeɪm/

shame verb [T] (BAD FEELING)

to make someone feel ashamed, or to make someone or something lose honour and respect: It shames me that I treated her so badly. The behaviour of a few children has shamed the whole school.shame sb into/out of sth to cause someone to do or not to do something by making them feel ashamed: [+ -ing verb] The number of people out of work has shamed the government into taking action to prevent further job losses.

shame verb [T] (COMPARE WELL)

to be so much better than something that is seems of a low standard by comparison: The school's exam results shame those of the other schools in the area.

shameexclamation

uk   us   /ʃeɪm/
used to express disapproval of something that a public speaker is saying: To cries of "Shame!", the minister announced that taxes were being increased.
(Definition of shame from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shame?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shame” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
straight

the straight part of a racetrack (= the track on which competitors race)

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More